Events

43 debates, discussions and presentations were held in the Midlands UK Pavilion location C16.D, considering opportunities within the real estate cycle that ranged from connectivity to inclusive growth. Experts and senior figures from across the Midlands also explored the region’s key real estate sectors – including residential, office & mixed-use, life sciences, tech & creative, and manufacturing & logistics.

Tue 12 March

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Time: 10:00 am - 10:15 am

Speaker: Sir John Peace, Chair, Midlands Engine

Tue 12 March

Six Stations, One Game-changer: HS2 and the Midlands

Time: 10:15 am - 10:30 am

Speaker: Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect

Tue 12 March

Birmingham Airport Master Plan

Time: 10:30 am - 10:45 am

Speaker: Simon Richards, Chief Financial Officer, Birmingham Airport

Tue 12 March

Growing through Confidence, Connectivity and Collaboration

Time: 10:45 am - 11:15 am

Host: Simon Marks, City Executive for Birmingham, Arcadis

Panelists:
  • Deborah Cadman OBE, CEO, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Councillor Jon Collins, Leader, Nottingham City Council
  • James Danby, Head of Commercial Development, HS2 Phase One North
  • Jonathan Emery, Managing Director Property-Europe, Lendlease
  • Simon Richards, Chief Financial Officer, Birmingham Airport
Tue 12 March

West Midlands Combined Authority Presentation

Time: 11:30 am - 11:45 am

Speaker: Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands

Tue 12 March

UK Central Solihull – Global Connectivity, Unrivalled Opportunity

Time: 11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Speakers:
  • Councillor Ian Courts, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Managed Growth, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Jonathan Bretherton, Managing Director, Urban Growth Company
Tue 12 March

Worcestershire: 5G Connectivity and Cutting-edge Opportunities

Time: 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Speaker: Stuart Emmerson, Invest in Worcestershire Manager, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership

Tue 12 March

Shrewsbury: The Big Connection

Time: 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Speakers:
  • Mark Barrow, Executive Director for Place, Shropshire Council
  • Councillor Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader, Shropshire Council
Tue 12 March

Stoke on Trent: Transforming a City

Time: 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Speaker: James Dunn, Assistant Director Investment, Planning and Regeneration, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Tue 12 March

Staffordshire means Jobs and Growth

Time: 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Councillor Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Staffordshire County Council

Tue 12 March

Investment Showcase: Office & Mixed-use

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Speaker: Ian Cornock, Lead Director of Midlands Region, JLL

Tue 12 March

Panel Discussion: Office & Mixed-use

Time: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Host: Katie Kopec, Head of Development Consulting, JLL

Panelists:
  • Councillor Ian Courts, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Managed Growth, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Richard Cowell, Assistant Director, Development, Birmingham City Council
  • Belinda Morgan, Partner, Cundall
  • Justin Sheldon, Director, Henry Boot Developments
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